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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.bakugan Moussa" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:47:01 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: I AM WAITING.
I need your cooperation to put claim over this funds,the amount involve is 13.350 Million Euro,I am the executive director of Islamic Development Bank; Burkina Faso Ouagadougou,Here is My residential address.NO18 avenue de la charles Degaulle sect: 21.Box Postal: 01 bp 5256 Ouagadogou Burkina Faso.There is no doubt about your eligibility as the legal next of kin to our deceased customer with the following reasons:there is no next of kin attached on the funds, Dir.Tetsuya Lee is an engineer, From Japan based in Burkina faso for contrate, the funds was transfered in his bank account within 7 days before his death, The government didn't know if he has withdrawn the funds or not, Upon this i seek for your full cooperation to put claim over the funds immediately.
I don't want the bank to know my involvement,i will quide you and make sure that the fund will be transfered into your bank account,I seek for your cooperation to make it reality, due to the engineer is one of the executive directors (AACE INTERNATIONAL)i am inviting you for this business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of ( 55/45) After you received funds i will come over to your country for the share of the funds according to the percentage,i have arranged this transaction, I didn't know you in person, Therefore i will like to be reassured of the manner of person whom I am dealing with because (13.350 Million Euro) is not a little money,therefore I have to get certain necessary facts about you are as follows:
(1)your full name..........
(2)Your occupation ......
(3)Your marital status ......
(4)Your full residential address.......
(5)Your phone number ...........
(7)A copy of Your photo scanned and sent to me by mail,immediately i received those above informations from you,i will send you the text of application which you will fill and send to the bank for the claim.Act as adviced or you call me.Please these claims have to be completed within a week if only you will act as advice at the accurate time.
I am waiting for your urgent responed.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OFFICE.